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  1. Alis_Klar's Avatar
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  2. seawolf's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by furby
    I can't get this to work, is it just AD groups and "server name' that needs changing?
    The share names and paths need to be changed as well. Be careful if you cut some parts of the script out that you don't mismatch the open/close brackets, etc.

    This script will quit without doing anything if the user is logged into a local account. It only attempts to mount the shares if a network user is logged on.
    Updated 2nd July 2014 at 04:21 PM by seawolf
  3. Alis_Klar's Avatar
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    Agree with these choices. CleverTouch will have to pull something very special out of the bag to get my custom back! Just add a n Apple TV with the new iOS 8 peer-to-peer airplay feature and your sorted!
  4. zag's Avatar
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    Nice idea!

    Can't say we've ever had a problem with laptops logging on though. We use Aruba 802.11ac AP's here and its been rock solid.
  5. geaves's Avatar
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    Whilst I agree with what Synack has stated about wired networks, in a number of primary schools, (ours in particular) do not have room for an ICT suite. So a wireless network is the only sensible option......but, we have now moved to a managed wireless network as this has allowed the school to expand it's laptop trolleys to 3, that's 48 laptops' for pupil use, we could not match that with wired workstations.
    In most cases it's the same old saying 'horses for courses', you just have to ensure that your wireless network is robust enough to cope with the traffic.
  6. Cablers_JonPaul's Avatar
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    Your quite right Synack. My wording was not particularly clear as i am far more geek than writer. We are a great advocate for desktops and dedicated IT suites. The suite pictured is one we built from scratch, including the bespoke benching for a primary school and we installed another during the last school holidays and filled it with Mac's for a high school in Essex. I think we have two more ICT suite projects just waiting for governor approval in the pipe line as well. If schools have the room for them they can be a fantastic resource and when used in conjunction with wireless and some mobile computing solutions it can provide the perfect balance to enhance ICT teaching throughout a school.

    Unfortunately many of the schools we have worked with are squeezed for space and are having to find ways of increasing class sizes. This often means that a computer suite installed a few years ago that accommodated 28/30 students now has to cope with class sizes of 31/34 students and they are not really built for sharing. I was just trying to say that wireless offers the flexibility to use school buildings in new ways. Cablers were around when every computer needed its own cable. We now install far more wireless. Its a constant battle for us to get school leadership to think about the importance of infrastructure that will serve them for many years and not just the flash tablets they see everywhere.
  7. SYNACK's Avatar
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    Calling desktops outdated and not value for money is a very limited and largely incorrect view. The future is not 'just wireless' the future is using the right tool for the right job not trying to shoehorn everything into the newest market segment. Wireless is great but there are still many areas where wired is much more suitable.
  8. simpsonj's Avatar
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    I'll just add, that after implementing the above script, my laptops now DO receive Group Policy Updates whilst on batteries and connected via Wireless. This is going to be a massive time saver looking forward.
  9. edutech4schools's Avatar
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    Since the API went public a few weeks back there are already about 200 apps that support Chromecast. Lack of proxy support is an issue.
  10. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
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    Completely agree! But we're doing music here not graphics/video work, screen size is more important than gorgeous visuals (although the ctx is pretty nice in that aspect as it's what I use at home).
  11. Arthur's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave
    Plus a better base system to use it with.
    Your CTX monitors won't be as good as the LCD on an iMac however (cheap TN panels vs IPS).
  12. Cablers_JonPaul's Avatar
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    That saved me some comparison testing. Thanks for sharing.
  13. Norphy's Avatar
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    Well, OK, what if they'd wanted to use Logic instead then? Would you still have tried to sell them the HP kit?

    You're saying that there's no reason to use a Mac in a recording environment. I'm saying it depends on the user's requirements.

    In your scenario where they're using Cubase and Ableton, I can see that yours is the better way of doing it and cheerfully recommend what you've put up there. I still think that saying that you shouldn't user Macs is over simplifying it though.
  14. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
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    Final cut pro is good, granted, but being a video editor, it's not recording suite software so wasn't in consideration when i was writing my post.
  15. Norphy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave
    I'm just saying that there's no longer a good reason to do so other than 'I like Apple stuff'. and for me that should never be a consideration when the price is so much higher.
    Not strictly true. If they're specifying a Mac because the tool they want to use is only available for a Mac, I'd say that's a pretty good reason to stick to the Mac myself! For example, we use Final Cut Pro here. You can only get that on a Mac. Yes, there are competitive products but you need to take into account the overall cost of moving to them. It's not just the cost of the hardware, it's the cost of changing your workflow, the cost of learning a new product etc etc etc. Saying there's no reason to buy a Mac other than the shiny factor is over simplifying it.

    If all they want to do is use (for example) Photoshop though, your point is valid and a very good one
    Updated 26th March 2014 at 10:40 AM by Norphy
  16. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
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    Agreed! And if they want an Apple box because of the shiny factor, I'll sell them one with a smile on my face. Money is money after all. It's just that these days you get far less bang for your buck if you compare the two platforms.

    Also, Ableton Live (my software of choice) runs on both platforms and performs just as well in windows as it does in OSx, Cubase is now available in both platforms (SX7 now takes advantage of hyper threading which would really make the workstation fly - 16 logical cores over 2 CPUs ftw!). In my experience Logic Pro and Cubase are competing for the same role, so it's down to preference, but one isn't better than the other. Protools is the system that stands out, but it's massively more expensive!

    As I said, I'm not saying people can't buy the more expensive Apple kit if they want it. I'm just saying that there's no longer a good reason to do so other than 'I like Apple stuff'. and for me that should never be a consideration when the price is so much higher.
  17. Norphy's Avatar
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    Don't get me wrong, you've specced some nice hardware up there but if someone comes along to me and says "I want to use Apple hardware because reason X and I don't want to use a Windows box because reason Y", saying "But the Windows box has better hardware" isn't going to cut the mustard. There is much more to a solution than the hardware it runs on is what I'm trying to say, if someone really does need a Mac, trying to sell them a Windows box is only going to upset them!

    That said, if what you've gone for up there does what they want it to do then there's no problem
    Updated 26th March 2014 at 10:33 AM by Norphy
  18. ICTDirect_Dave's Avatar
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    I always consider Mac Minis, I generally love them. They're made using laptop hardware however and I'd generally say that's not as robust as desktop HW. Certainly it's fine for home use but there's likely to be more of a demand placed on machines in a school environment. Price-wise you're right, they're cheaper, and spec-wise they're not too different from an iMac, but in every other aspect they lose out to the workstation (Limited (and tricky) expandability, lower initial spec, less effective cooling, lack of dual processors). Basically, workstation class machines (including the mac pro) were built for this kind of environment, and the Mac Mini is not.

    With regard to my technical reason it's fairly self explanatory I think. The hardware is essentially the same these days, since the advent of intel macs. Whilst the onboard audio codecs in a Mac might be slightly nicer, you're still going to want all of the outboard stuff (interface, MIDI keyboard ect) in order to do things as you wish, at which point the computer is no longer handling the audio, as that comes from the Focusrite.

    Whilst I'm an avid Mac lover (My Macbook Pro is my favourite piece of tech) I just don't think the old argument that macs are better can be used any more.
  19. Norphy's Avatar
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    Out of curiosity, did you not consider the Mac Mini? Admittedly in terms of raw CPU power, they don't hold a candle to what you've specced there but they're still comparable to the current line of iMacs and are cheaper if you buy those plus a monitor. That's what we did when we replaced a suit of iMacs for use with Final Cut Pro.

    And you've not really given me a technical reason not to use the Macs other than "They're more expensive" either.
  20. Alis_Klar's Avatar
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    check out this thread. Just posted there too
    http://www.edugeek.net/forums/av-mul...ml#post1148560
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